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SPENCER, Okla. â€” The Guymon Tigers played their best game of the season by far at Star-Spencer High School Friday night against Northwest Classen.
Guymon jumped to a 7-0 lead on the Knights and were tied at 7 at halftime before eventually falling 27-15 in the second District 5A-2 game of the season.
Guymon (0-5 overall, 0-2 District 5A-2) had 146 rushing yards and 79 passing against the Knights â€” a far cry from the negative-52 yards of offense last week against No. 1 Guthrie.
Head coach Mike Taylor added a few wrinkles to the offense, and the defense was strong early.
Guymon was forced to punt after its first possession, but the defense recovered a fumble to stop the Knights, Alex Zakrzewicz, Seth Sanders and Carter Hudson were strong on defense.
The Tigers drove to the Classen 12 yard line, but the drive stalled and a 29-yard John Avalos field goal was wide right.
Anthony Luna, Matt Martinez, Baily Homan and Austin Lozano carried the ball on the drive, and Antonio Elizalde caught a pass from Austin Stonecipher.
Northwest Classen (3-2, 2-0) drove to the Guymon 24, but strong defense by Brian Flores, Sanders, Hudson, Elizalde and Austin Hein stopped the Knights at the 29.
The Guymon offense was again chugging along, going down to the Classen 9, when a 4th down run was stopped inches short to give the ball back.
Martinez and Stonecipher had a pair of runs to the 50 before Elizalde got it to the Knights 30. Martinez, Homan and Stonecipher got it to the 9.
But the defense rose to the challenge, forcing a Classen punt, giving the Tigers the ball at the Knights 32 after a good return by Zakrzewicz.
Guymon needed one play to reach the end zone â€” a 32-yard run by Martinez on a reverse handoff from Homan. Avalos kicked the extra point and Guymon enjoyed its first lead of the season, 7-0.
Classen answered with a 50-yard drive for a touchdown to tie it at 7 at halftime.
Classen adjusted its offense in the second half, and built a 27-7 lead into the fourth quarter before the Tigers found the end zone again.
Matthew Gallegos and Zakrzewicz had great kick returns for Guymon in the second half, but penalties and a fumble hurt the Tigers.
The scoring drive featured an 11 yard pass to Zakrzewicz, a 13 yard run by Lozano and a pass interference penalty on Classen. Brody Noland, Elizalde, Martinez and Homan had carries, with Martinez running a sweep from a yard out for the score. Homan ran the extra point to make for the final score.
Jesse Carpenter was also strong on defense, along with Levi Padilla.
Martinez was the leading rusher with 66 yards, Elizalde added 29, Lozano 23 and Homan 23.
Stonecipher was 7-for-16 for 79 yards passingâ€š 43 of those to Zakrzewicz and 24 to Ochoa.
Guymon will be back home this Friday to take on Deer Creek-Edmond. Kickoff is 7 p.m.View more articles in: